imp·​ish | \ ˈim-pish How to pronounce impish (audio) \

Definition of impish

: of, relating to, or befitting an imp especially : mischievous

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Other Words from impish

impishly adverb
impishness noun

Examples of impish in a Sentence

the gang of impish children ran into the street, utterly oblivious to the traffic

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His job included stocking shelves with the cereal, which will hit real shelves on Sept. 17, and working the checkout aisle as surprised shoppers and local media recorded him and his impish style of humor. Mike Brehm, USA TODAY, "Capitals star Alex Ovechkin plays grocer for a day to promote pending release of his cereal brand," 10 Sep. 2019 Brad had come up onto his knees and was resting irresistibly on his heels, an impish grin across his face. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 The weightier tone was noticed by the Israeli literary establishment, which has viewed Keret as the impish punk kid, a Tel Aviv trickster, madly popular but not quite serious enough. Gal Beckerman, New York Times, "If Kafka Were Israeli and Wrote About Talking Goldfish," 30 Aug. 2019 Michael Grammer is sweet-voiced and stolid as the dignified Captain Corcoran, and Sonia Gariaeff displays impish charm as peddler Little Buttercup. Sam Hurwitt, The Mercury News, "Review: Lamplighters sails G&S’ ‘Pinafore’ with an assured hand," 13 Aug. 2019 In the beginning, Mr. Chang’s persona — brash, self-critical and obsessive, with an impish sense of humor — loomed large in the company’s culture. Elizabeth G. Dunn, New York Times, "Momofuku’s Secret Sauce: A 30-Year-Old C.E.O.," 16 Aug. 2019 This has happened on three occasions over the span of just a few days, each case captured on video — expressions either of impish seasonal boredom or deeper, more meaningful antagonisms. Ginia Bellafante, New York Times, "Eric Garner, Soaked Officers and the Tilted Scales of Justice," 25 July 2019 As the town rabble-rouser Jean-Michel, Jomar Martinez makes a strong impression and reveals a fresh, impish side to his character. Joanne Engelhardt, The Mercury News, "Theater review: ‘Cinderella’ gets a make-over worth seeing," 25 July 2019 Then the scene closes with a genuinely tender interaction between father and son, one that comes out of nowhere and yet feels, in this context, like a necessary reaction against and counterweight to the impish world Sweeney has created. Keith Uhlich, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Straight Up': Film Review | Outfest 2019," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of impish

1652, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of impish

: having or showing a playful desire to cause trouble : playful and mischievous


imp·​ish | \ ˈim-pish How to pronounce impish (audio) \

Kids Definition of impish

: playful and mischievous an impish glance

Other Words from impish

impishly adverb He grinned impishly.

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